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Iowa’s Lincoln Cafes go opposite ways

Two stories tell two different tales of Lincoln Cafes located along the Lincoln Highway in Iowa. The Cedar Rapids Gazette reports that “Matt Steigerwald, owner and chef of the Lincoln Cafe in Mount Vernon, has retained his title as the Midwest region’s ‘Prince of Porc’ after winning the Cochon 555 competition for the second straight … Continue reading

San Fran diner in family 73 years facing changes

The San Francisco Chronicle is reporting that Louis’ Restaurant, an old-style diner overlooking the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco, is facing an interesting dilemma. The popular restaurant is west of the Lincoln Highway terminus but has been passed for 73 years by those finishing their cross-country adventure by continuing on to the Cliff House or the … Continue reading

Rochelle lighthouse no longer a Beacon

Friend Road Dog just wrote about his recent trip from Dixon to DeKalb, Illinois. Sorry to say he reports that the The Beacon Inn restaurant in Rochelle is now a Chinese buffet and that the lighthouse was removed from its sign. Here’s a view in 2005, after it had been remodeled from the original. Read … Continue reading

Lincoln Highway bypass will alter Tama, Iowa

The WCF Courier of Eastern Iowa ran a lengthy feature about the impact of a coming US 30 bypass around Tama and Toledo, Iowa. Parts of the current road bypassed the original Lincoln Highway long ago, and even this 4-lane has been under consideration for decades. The 7.5-mile project is set to open next year. … Continue reading

Tulsa neon sign restoration an inspiration

Sometimes a story seems important enough to veer off the Lincoln Highway and onto other roads. A story in GTR Newspapers (source of the image below) about a Tex-Mex restaurant on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the restoration of its neon sign should serve as inspiration to any roadside business owner wondering if it’s … Continue reading

Niland’s Cafe in Colo, IA, closes — for now

Colo, Iowa, city clerk Scott Berka wrote to say the Colo Development Group has decided to close the much-loved Niland’s Cafe. Friday was its last day open. Berka wrote, “We will still rent the motel rooms through the development group office (641) 377-2238. We are studying possible alternative uses for the cafe. One suggestion has … Continue reading

Marshalltown IA — Stone’s Restaurant to reopen

A Lincoln Highway landmark closed the past two years is set to reopen. Eagle-eyed “Loungelistener” stopped on his cross-country LH trip to photograph the giant sign for Stone’s in Marshalltown, Iowa, and noticed activity at the closed restaurant. He took this photo and reported on his blog, As I drove around under the viaduct, I … Continue reading

Updated hours at Niland’s Cafe in Colo, Iowa

At least three Lincoln Highway travelers have asked recently about the operating hours at the restored Niland’s Cafe in Colo, Iowa. I reported in my new Lincoln Highway Companion book that they were closed Monday — they are, and Tuesday too. The cool cafe is open: Wed thru Sat, 6:30 a.m – 8:00 p.m. Sunday, … Continue reading

Rochelle IL Lincoln Highway Festival this August

Downtown Rochelle, Illinois, will hold its 12th annual Lincoln Highway Heritage Festival on August 21 – 23. Entertainment will include acts playing ’60s music, dance, karaoke, and country, plus children’s interactive music. There will be car, motorcycle, truck and tractor shows, small engine and miniature train displays, an arts and crafts show, and a Kids … Continue reading

Lincoln Highway Companion out, online

Some people still ask if my new book Lincoln Highway Companion has been published and I’m glad to say yes, it’s available. Below is a picture from A Ride Along the Lincoln Highway producer Rick Sebak of local friend Tom Weisbecker with the book at his Isaly’s dairy store in West View, north of Pittsburgh. … Continue reading

Road food tips at Ride To Eat / LHC review

Lincoln Highway fan Steve Jones wrote me to mention a road food website that he manages: It lists nearly 1,000 eating places, some with descriptions. Steve explains below it’s not the same as a recommendation guide. It’s not really about places to eat while on the road (that’s well-plowed ground) but more about places … Continue reading

Summer Festival at 1866 Austin NV church

“Soup, Sin, & Salvation” — a Celebration of Restoration, is the theme for the annual dinner and auction to be held this Saturday, July 25, 2009 in St. Augustine’s former church in Austin, Nevada. St. Augustine’s is the state’s oldest Catholic church building (1866) and a popular stop for tourist along the Lincoln Highway/US 50. … Continue reading

Murder shocks, closes Lincoln Cafe in Belle Plaine

According to the Cedar Rapids Gazette, Curtis C. Bailey, co-owner of the Lincoln Cafe in Belle Plaine, Iowa, was murdered Sunday by his common-law wife and two other people, reportedly her son and his girlfriend. LHA director Van Becker sent the photo and alerts us that the story was reported yesterday on Cedar Rapids KCRG-TV … Continue reading

Iowa radio hams spread Lincoln Highway info

Van Becker sent news that two Iowa locations celebrated “96 Years on the Lincoln Highway” on June 13-14 with two amateur radio stations operating for two days from two historic one-stop locations. Above is Bev Becker, WØWDC, LHA life member and experienced amateur radio operator taking her first turn at the mic; following is Van’s … Continue reading

Apple truck is final PA Roadside Giant

The fifth and final project in the “Roadside Giants of the Lincoln Highway” series is an antique truck celebrating farming heritage. Designed by the Franklin County Career & Technology Center students in Chambersburg, the 1920 Selden Apple Truck replica truck is fully dimensional and features a steering column and bench seat plus wheels that spin. … Continue reading

Route 66 reviews Lincoln Highway Companion

My Lincoln Highway Companion book hit Amazon and bookstore shelves a couple weeks ago. It’s literally a companion to my Greetings … book but also, I hope, a companion to anyone thinking of traveling the road. Reaction has been overwhelmingly kind, like this from LHA president Bob Dieterich: This book is fantastic! The color maps … Continue reading